India’s Anti-Rape Jeans: Innovative Aid Against Sexual Violence

Women in India are striking back against the shocking statistics concerning rape in their nation. According to Akhilesh Yadev, the state's Chief Minister, 736 cases of rape  have occurred between January 1 and March 31 this year, marking a 30% increase over the same time period last year. Benyam Mezmur, deputy chairman of the UN  Committee on the Rights of The Child added that: "there has been a derelection of duty in relation to rape cases."

Indian women are defending themselves against the  cycle of rape 

Two young women in  particular, have made a difference in changing the appalling statistics surrounding this ghastly crime, Spurred by a sense of outrage and moral responsibility to change the way things are, Diksha Pathak, 21, and Anjali Srivastava, 23,  both from Varanasi, India, have created the anti-rape jeans, inspired by two crimes; the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a student on a New Delhi bus and the horrific gang rape and lynching of two girls.

The brutality of these crimes and the blatant disregard for human rights and justice on the part of Indian law enforcement shook the country to its very core. The stories were so sensational that news centers all over the world broadcast the events, drawing global condemnation of India's despicable treatment of women. In the words of Uttar Pradesh, Aziz Qureshi:"Incidences of rape are alarming in India. This crime against women is deplorable and the situation in worsening."

The creators of the anti-rape jeans

 

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The anti-rape jeans offer security and style and a way for the wearer to stay protected at all times. In the words of Diksa Pathak, science student and co-inventor: "...My father is often making himself ill with worry each time I am coming home late. These terrible gang-rapes of women that we have heard so much about recently have shocked me and my colleague. Hopefully, no other women will have to suffer if they are wearing our clothing..."

How do the anti-rape jeans work?

 

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The jeans, which cost approximately $4 US per pair, run on batteries  that need to be replaced every three months. It is estimated that some  200 police stations in the area have already been equipped with the technology to track the location of any victim. The device that makes it all possible consists of an electronic tool that is sewn into the jeans. Diksha Pathak and Anjali Srivastava in addition to budding engineer, Manisha Mohan, developed the device. The small button sends a distress call to friends, family and the poice.

The future of anti-rape jeans

 

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The implanted electronic device is still in the testing phase. If completed successfully, women in Idia will feel a sense of relief, but it should be noted that no one product, garment or accessory can alter a criminal mindset. Predators do what they do because they can. If the jeans become commercialized, they can offer Indian women a sense of security, but this does not mean precautions shouldn't be taken. Women should travel in groups, park close to their destinations and always be aware of their surroundings.

Conclusion

Sexual assault  is an ancient crime known to every civilization that has ever existed, but the creation of these anti-rape jeans represents a step in a new and safer direction. It places a weapon in the hands of women and gives them an edge in protecting themselves against this horrible crime.

Kudos to these young inventors!

To protect our children, we must talk to them about rape. ~ Desmond Tutu

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